Late Registration is the second studio album by American rapper and producer Kanye West. It was released on August 30, 2005, through Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records. The album was recorded for over a year in sessions held across studios in New York City and Hollywood, with West collaborating with American record producer and composer Jon Brion. It features guest contributions from Adam Levine, Lupe Fiasco, Jamie Foxx, Common, The Game, Jay-Z, Brandy, and Nas, among others.The production of Late Registration was notably more lush and elaborate than West's 2004 debut studio album The College Dropout. He utilized intricate sampling methods and string orchestration with Brion while drawing on stylistic influences from alternative acts such as Portishead, Coldplay, and Fiona Apple. West's lyrics explore both personal and broader political themes, including poverty, drug trafficking, racism, healthcare, and the blood diamond trade.In the first week of release, Late Registration debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and sold 860,000 copies. It eventually reached sales of over 3.1 million copies in the United States and has been certified four-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Five singles were released for marketing, including the international hits "Touch the Sky", "Heard 'Em Say", and "Gold Digger", the latter of which topped the US Billboard Hot 100. Music videos for all five singles were also produced, while West supported the album with a promotional concert tour, leading to the live album Late Orchestration in 2006.Late Registration was also a widespread critical success, with some music critics noting the development of West's musical style. The album earned West the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and an Album of the Year nomination, while appearing on several publications' year-end lists ranking the year's top albums, including NME and Pitchfork. Rolling Stone named it the best album of 2005, and ranked it at number 117 on its 2020 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
|Wake Up Mr. West||0:41|
|Heard 'Em Say||3:24|
|Touch The Sky||3:56|
|My Way Home||1:43|
|Bring Me Down||3:19|
|Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix)||3:53|
|Diamonds From Sierra Leone||3:58|
Kanye West - Late Registration [2LP]
At Heavy Heads Records, we fully understand that when it comes to collecting vinyl records, condition is king! New vinyl records will arrive factory sealed, and in mint condition. Any used vinyl record that you order from us is guaranteed to be in VG+ condition or better, and will play all the way through without skipping! Every used vinyl record we bring in is cleaned, and thoroughly inspected, before it’s ever added to this site. Our used vinyl records are not specific to any pressing, and you may receive a vintage, or newer pressing of the title you order, depending on what we have in stock at the time of your order. The outer sleeve of your vinyl record is guaranteed to be in VG condition or better. If you’re unfamiliar with how vinyl records are graded, please take a moment to read through our condition guide.
VG+ (Very Good Plus) - A Very Good Plus vinyl record will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it. Defects should be more of a cosmetic nature, not affecting the actual playback as a whole. Vinyl record surfaces may show some signs of wear and may have slight scuffs or very light scratches that don't affect one's listening experiences. Slight warps that do not affect the sound are "OK". The label may have some ring wear or discoloration, but it should be barely noticeable. Spindle marks may be present.
VG (Very Good) Outer Sleeve - May be marred by writing, or have tape or stickers (or their residue) attached. The same will be true of picture sleeves or LP covers. However, it will not have all of these problems at the same time. 99% of our outer sleeves are in VG+ condition, but occasionally will be VG, if that's all that is available at the time of the order.
CD’s will arrive in VG+ condition or better, with clean cases, and all original artwork.
Cassette tapes will arrive with good pads, clean cases, original inserts, and legible writing on the cassette itself.
All of our media types are carefully packaged in thick, reinforced cardboard mailers, and each package is inspected for quality assurance, before they are mailed. Box sets are carefully wrapped in bubble wrap, with extra attention paid to the corners of the box.
In other words, we ship our items to you, the way that we would like to receive them. We’re collectors too, and we completely understand the frustration of receiving a poorly packaged item! If you have any questions about our grading, shipping, or anything else, please shoot us an e-mail at email@example.com. Thank you!